This painted lady is hanging on to a cosmos during the final weeks of the flower/butterfly season. A major storm is expected to hit California this weekend, perhaps, ending the season early.
In all this rush to capture a few shots of a monarch, I almost overlooked a painted lady that showed up in the lantana a foot or so from a monarch. I see the lady from May through October while the monarch visits for but a few days each year.
The underside of a painted lady butterfly has two “owl eyes” on each wing, or at least that’s what I see in this photo.
September is painted lady month in the backyard, save for 2021 when everything has gone wrong with wildfires and the weather. Got a little too close on this shot taken four years ago to the day. Haven’t seen a single painted lady in over a month, so I thought I’d post an old photo inContinue reading “Too Close…”
What I like about the painted lady is how it stays put when it finds a flower it likes. Saw my first one of the season yesterday. Drum roll.
This photo of a painted lady butterfly looks posed like one of those studio shots with a wall-sized nature scene behind the subject. In this case the painted lady is on a flower by a window with curtains drawn. Next, please!
Two days ago with my camera on a tripod, I waited for the right lighting and, of course, a painted lady to visit a cosmos. Click!
Despite wildfire hazy sky and sometimes hazardous air, I hope October will once again be butterfly month in our backyard. So far I’ve seen/photographed a skipper, a painted lady and a cabbage white along with thousands of honey bees. In fact, I am clicking the camera to the constant drone of bees collecting nectar fromContinue reading “October: Butterfly Month”